Pop Quiz, Monday with Elmira Hamidi


The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Elmira Hamidi

What is your job role?
Co-Founder and Marketing Manager at MaskanUSA LLC

Tell us about your company?
MaskanUSA is the first and the only nation-wide source providing real-estate information/services to Farsi-speaking individuals living in the United States of America. Our services include

  • providing real-estate articles in Farsi
  • providing a platform in which users can post their roommate requests and rental properties for free
  • connecting users with Farsi-speaking real-estate experts including realtors, real-estate attorneys/ agents, loan and insurance officers, and contractors.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with people, addressing their needs, and learning from real-estate experts and improving our leadership/entrepreneurship skills

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Serving and working with my compatriots and other Farsi-speaking individuals living/working in the U.S.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We have a Telegram management group in which we share our challenges, questions, and success stories. We exchange information and ideas almost every day and have at least 1-2 weekly meetings to review our progress and update our strategic plan for the company.
My colleagues’ passion and dedication motivate me every day to work harder and smarter. My husband, Behzad Hamidi, is the co-founder and CEO and my brother, Arash Hamidi, is the co-founder and CTO.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We are family and MaskanUSA is our family backbone. We always kick off our meetings with chit-chatting about our family stories and memories. Thinking and talking about this stuff cheer us up and make us more motivated to work harder towards our goals.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
On a daily basis, we receive a high rate of requests and inquiries from users through our website, online chat feature, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, and calls. Sometimes it is a little bit challenging to address their requests in a timely manner.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Success doesn’t come without hard work.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
My team and I believe in these two quotes: “To help others develop, start with yourself” and “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Telegram: https://t.me/maskanusa

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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